SLED never investigated Columbia police arrest

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State agents never followed through with an announced investigation of the Columbia Police Department.

The State Law Enforcement Division told WACH-TV that it has no records about reviewing the arrest of a Columbia attorney who said three officers falsely arrested him two years ago, then lied to cover it up.

Former SLED Chief Reggie Lloyd told the television station last August that his agency was actively investigating Jonathan McCoy’s arrest outside a bar in October 2009, so he could not talk to a reporter about the case.

But SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson said Monday the agency has no records of an investigation involving McCoy.

McCoy was charged with interfering with police, but his attorney says the charge was dropped when the three officers who arrested him refused to testify.

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